GUFC’s First Quarterly Program                                                                       BUILDING OUR BEST CITIES:                                                                                    ENVISIONING A CONNECTED URBAN FOREST                                                        The 2016 Mayors’ Symposium                                                                                                 & Tree City USA Celebration                                                                               Wednesday, February 17, 2016   10 a.m. – 2 p.m.                                                        The Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center                                                                                   225 Chester Avenue, SE, Atlanta, GA

Join us for this inspiring event presented by Trees Atlanta, the Georgia Forestry Savannah Urban Forestry Program 003Commission, and the Georgia Urban Forest Council.  This event is an opportunity to network with partners while learning best practices for supporting a model urban tree program. We’ll hear an exciting talk from Danielle Crumrine, Executive Director of Tree Pittsburgh, and Josh Lippert CFM, ASLA, Senior Environmental Planner for the City of Pittsburgh, about their accomplishments in “Connecting Pittsburgh with Trees.”  Ryan Gravel, Founder of the Atlanta Beltline, will facilitate a panel discussion on “Planning and Designing our Cities with Trees”with panelists Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett, Danielle Crumrine, Josh Lippert, Walter Brown of Green Street Properties (invited) and Tim Keane, Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Community Development for the City of Atlanta.  After lunch, Robert Farris, Director of the Georgia Forestry Commission will recognize new and renewing Tree City USA communities, Tree Line USA utility companies, and Tree Campus USA colleges present.  Ryan Gravel will then speak on “Creating a Long-Term Vision for City Growth and Tree Canopy Preservation.” Attendees at this program can expect to come away with answers to these questions:

  • What have other cities done to overcome the costs and challenges of making space for trees?
  • What are the new ideas for more innovative urban forestry practices in our growing cities?
  • How can master planning for communities help cities protect the urban forest?
  • How can we improve how we communicate our message with citizens, city leaders/officials and the development community?
  • What does it take to grow an urban forest in your city?
  • How can we connect these valuable greenspaces across the region?

For a complete agenda for the program, click here.    3.5 ISA Arborist CEUs .  2.5 SAF hours.  Certificates of attendance available for landscape architects and others.

Registration:  $60 GUFC members, $75 non-members, $50 Tree City USA/Tree Board, Tree Campus USA college staff, Tree Line USA utility employees  All city mayors are our guests for the event and receive a free ticket by clicking here!

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Your Winter Issue of Tree Talks is Here.Winter Tree Talks 2016 updated_Page_01

In this issue:  Mayors’ Symposium, Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards, Arborist Certification Review Class, Urban Forestry News, and more.  Click here or on the image to download your copy.

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Arborist Certification Review Class in  Rome March 30 & 31DSC_0172

Seeking arborist certification?  Need a refresher course?

The Georgia Urban Forest Council will present a two-day Arborist Certification Review Course taught by Certified Arborist Gretchen Musser on March 30 and 31, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (both days), at the Eco Center, 393 Riverside Parkway, Rome, GA  30161. Gretchen will help attendees prepare for the exam with lectures and hands-on demonstrations covering Tree Biology, Tree Identification, Soil Science, Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization, Tree Selection, Installation and Establishment, Pruning, Tree Support and Lightning Protection, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Plant Health Care, Tree Assessment and Risk Management, Trees and Construction, Urban Forestry, Tree Worker Safety, and Climbing & Working in Trees.  Read more.

 

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Arborist Certification Review Course April 26 & 27 in Richmond Hill

The Georgia Urban Forest Council will present a two-day Arborist Jerry Holcomb 1Certification Review Course taught by Certified Arborist Jerry Holcomb on April 26 and 27, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (both days), at the The Wetlands Education Center, 240 Cedar Street, Richmond Hill, GA  31324. Jerry will help attendees prepare for the exam with lectures and hands-on demonstrations covering Tree Biology, Tree Identification, Soil Science, Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization, Tree Selection, Installation and Establishment, Pruning, Tree Support and Lightning Protection, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Plant Health Care, Tree Assessment and Risk Management, Trees and Construction, Urban Forestry, Tree Worker Safety, and Climbing & Working in Trees.  Read more.

 

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GUFC SECOND QUARTERLY PROGRAM:  The World of Live OaksSpooner Oak

At this spring program in Bainbridge, we’ll talk about live oaks with Dr. Kim Coder and then take a field trip to Iron City to see the new Georgia co-champion Spooner Oak, named after the Seminole County family on whose property it is located.  According to the Georgia Forestry Commission, this tree could be in the 300 to 400 year old range, stands 89 feet tall and has a crown spread of 147 feet.

Date of Program:  May 18, 2016

Time:  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (includes lunch)

Registration:  $40 members, $50 non-members

CEUs will be available.
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THE FOREST PHARMACY:  NATURE’S PRESCRIPTION FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES:  2015 GUFC Annual Conference at Savannah Desoto Hilton

GUFC presented the 25th Georgia Urban Forest Council Annual Conference and Awards Program  November 4 and 5 at the Savannah Desoto Hilton, 15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, Georgia.  Entitled The Forest Pharmacy:  Nature’s Prescription for Healthy  Communities,  this educational event featured outstanding speakers, educational sessions, and the Annual Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards.  Dr. Kathleen Wolf of the University of Washington led us through the latest research on the connection between human health and urban trees and nature.  Ray Tretheway, Executive Director of the Sacramento Tree Foundation, spoke to us about his organization’s canopy analyses and the impacts on child, youth, and adult health.  Other noted national, state, and local speakers participated as well.  A highlight of this year’s conference was a walking tour of Savannah’s urban forest and historic squares.

Click here to view this year’s conference agenda.

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Thank you to all of our conference sponsors for helping us present this event:  Georgia Forestry Commission, Bartlett Tree Experts, Jefferson Heritage Tree Council, Davey Resource Group, Georgia Arborist Association, Coastal Arborist Association, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Legacy Arborist Services, Arbor Equity, Inc.; Fields, Inc.; Bold Spring Nursery, ARBORology, Trees Atlanta, GSWCC, Trees Columbus, Summershade, Arborguard Tree Specialists, Barneycastle Forestry Services, Paulk Landscaping & Nursery, Downey  Trees, Forest Resource Solutions, Ossabaw Consulting, and Thomas Trees and Plants.

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GUFC’s Fall Ramble: Tour of Georgia Tech Campus and Arboretum

On October 8, we took the Georgia Tech Tree Tour. The Georgia Tech campus hosts approximately 130 species of trees. Georgia Tech’s Tree Campus USA committee has been maintaining data on these trees in a partnership with the Center for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the College of Architecture. We also learned about their 1.4 million gallon cistern under Tech Green that provides water for the Clough Undergraduate Learning Center and local irrigation and about their Augmented Reality application for mobile devices and tablets through which the trees can be viewed interactively.  Read more about Georgia Tech’s trees here.
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GUFC 2015 COLLEGE CANOPY CONFERENCE

Agnes Scott College in Decatur hosted this popular conference on September 22.   Conference topics included Agnes Scott College’s urban forest audit, campus tree protection, water recycling, young tree pruning, nursery stock selection, Tree Campus USA, and the Agnes Scott Arboretum.

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The latest issue of GUFC’s SHADE Magazine helps communities manage urban trees in winter storms.

The 2015 issue of Shade covers urban Trees and winter storms. “Urban and Community SHADE 012015 final_Page_01Forestry: How to Prepare for Ice and Snow” is available in both an electronic and printed issue. Get your electronic issue by clicking here — and keep it handy as a reference guide. Topics include Documentation, Canopy Asessments, Mitigation Planning, Working with FEMA and GEMA, Talking to the Media and more.  Articles include “Document Your Way to Success,” “Don’t Strike Out!” (Urban Forest Strike Teams), “Fill Out that Plan,” “When Storms Top the News,” “Ice Storm 2014:  Damage Done, Lessons Learned,” and much more.

 

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Village Sentinel Live Oak in Waycross Named to Landmark & Historic Tree Register

The Village Sentinel Live Oak is located at Baptist Village in Waycross, Georgia and was Village Sentinel photo 4nominated to the Landmark & Historic Tree Register by Chris Heim of the Davey Tree Expert Company.  This live oak, which stands 77 feet high and has a spread of 155 feet and a circumference of 420 252inches, is over 400 years old and in excellent health.  The tree is the largest live oak in Georgia and the second largest in the country.  Baptist Village, a retirement community in Waycross, has been committed to the preservation of this tree, the highlight of the campus, and Davey Tree has been providing ongoing care for it since the 1950′s.  The Village Sentinel Oak was named to Georgia Urban Forest Council’s Landmark and Historic Tree Register on January 7, 2015.   Photos by Chris Heim

To see the full list of trees on the Register and a map, click here.

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